Ken Loach

Internationally-renowned filmmaker Ken Loach
Internationally-renowned filmmaker, Ken Loach, has slammed the state-run BBC for its pro-Israel bias in the coverage of the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.

Loach, who has participated in an ongoing occupation campaign in front of the BBC headquarters in the British southwestern city of Bristol, slammed BBC policies, saying, "We should note that many at the BBC, including senior staff, are embarrassed by the broadcaster's coverage that has an obvious pro-Israel bias."
"They don't put the views of Palestinians to the Israelis during interviews, while the use of language about Gazans is pejorative and the war crimes being committed against them ignored.... They're not 'militants' or 'terrorists,' they're 'resistance fighters,'" he said, adding, "It's the BBC, we own it, so it should be answerable."
Loach noted that BBC editors will have to be accountable over the public protest against the broadcaster's coverage of the Gaza war, stressing that BBC should undergo "tactical" transformations in its broadcasting policies.

Palestine campaigners have occupied the front lawn of the BBC headquarters in Bristol since last week despite the broadcaster's threat to get them evicted from the site.

Other high-profile artists and campaigners, including celebrated comedian Mark Thomas, have also voiced support for the occupy campaign.
"The BBC reporting of the Israeli military assault on Gaza has failed time and time again to contextualize the violence, refusing to explain the occupation of Palestine and the siege of Gaza," Thomas said.
The pro-Palestine campaigners also joined thousands of protesters against "Israeli genocide" on Saturday. The demonstration was the biggest protest in Bristol in a decade.

The campaigners also plan to present a "damning dossier" to BBC Bristol TV editor Neil Bennett next week, which incorporates evidence of the broadcaster's biased coverage of the Gaza war.

They have also organized public burning of TV licenses and the occupation's court summons and plan to resist any action aimed at evicting them from the site.

More than 1,822 people, including 400 children, have been killed and over 9,400 injured since July 8, when Israel began its offensive against the Gaza Strip.

While the Israeli military says 64 soldiers have been killed in the conflict, Palestinian resistance movement Hamas puts the fatalities at more than 150.